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Stephanie Gates

MBA Concentration: Marketing, not-for-profit management, operations

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Hometown:Portland, OR

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. International Business

Stephanie is a second-year MBA candidate. She grew up in Salem, OR (just down the road from campus!), and currently resides in Portland, OR with her fiancé and one-eared cat. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a minor in Spanish Language. After working with the Donor Relations team while at UPS, she entered into the world of non-profit fundraising, and worked for two Oregon-based non-profits, SOLVE and SMART Reading.

Stephanie chose to return to the classroom to not only advance her career, but to gain a broader understanding of the for-profit and public sectors through experiential and integrated learning. She spent the summer as a Solution Owner Intern at Slalom Build, which really highlighted her love for project management. Stephanie is the President of the Atkinson Student Association and a Peer Career Advisor. When not at school, she is probably spending time outdoors or attempting to master a new recipe.

Why Willamette:

"From the moment I first connected with a student ambassador, to my interview, to my class visit, I knew Willamette was special. I knew I wanted a program that would complement my experience in the non-profit sector, while also preparing me to make career moves that I wouldn’t have been able to do before. I feel extremely lucky to be at Willamette and know that my time here will only benefit me in the future."

Willamette University

Early Career and Career Change MBA

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.